Friday, October 26, 2012

**Final Update** SH39 Closed In American Falls Due To Three Vehicle Crash

IDAHO STATE POLICE NEWS RELEASE - generated by our News Release ListServer

Idaho State Police
District 5 5205 South 5th Ave.
Pocatello, Idaho 83204-2299
(208) 236-6466 FAX: (208) 236-6068

For Immediate Release: 10/26/12 1:00 p.m.
Please direct questions to the District Office

****Final Update****

On October 26, 2012, at approximately 7:28 a.m., the Idaho State Police investigated a three vehicle fatality crash on State Highway 39 in American Falls. Jack H. Clayton, age 62, of Chubbuck, ID, was driving north when he lost control of his GMC pickup truck on the ice covered road. Clayton's vehicle slid across the roadway into the southbound lane and struck a guardrail. After striking the guardrail, the vehicle collided with a semi-truck that was traveling southbound. The semi-truck traveled across the road into the northbound lane and collided with a Chevrolet pickup truck and a guardrail. The driver of the semi-truck, Jean V. Morris, age 52, of Mountain Home, ID, was wearing a seat belt and was not injured. The driver of the Chevrolet pickup truck, Christopher M. Boyd, age, 38, of Idaho Falls, ID, was wearing a seatbelt and was not injured. Clayton was not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected from his vehicle and died at the scene.

State Highway 39 was blocked for five hours.


State Highway 39 is now open. Press release to follow.


Idaho State Police is currently investigating a three vehicle crash on State Highway 39 at milepost 1.72, on the railroad overpass in American Falls. Both lanes are currently blocked. Please find an alternate route of travel. It is unknown when the lanes will be reopened.

Updates will follow when more information becomes available.